Snow

Snow Review

A Financial Times Best Book of 2020

Detective Inspector St. John Strafford has been summoned to County Wexford to investigate a murder. A parish priest has been found dead in Ballyglass House, the family seat of the aristocratic, secretive Osborne family.

The year is 1957 and the Catholic Church rules Ireland with an iron fist. Strafford—flinty, visibly Protestant, and determined to identify the murderer—faces obstruction at every turn, from the heavily accumulating snow to the culture of silence in this tight-knit community. As he delves further, he learns the Osbornes are not at all what they seem. And when his own deputy goes missing, Strafford must work to unravel the ever-expanding mystery before the community’s secrets, like the snowfall itself, threatens to obliterate everything.

The incomparable Booker Prize winner's next great crime novel - the story of a family whose secrets resurface when a parish priest is found murdered in their ancestral home.

Title:Snow
Edition Language:English

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    Snow Reviews

  • Paromjit

    John Banville's historical mystery is set in a heavily snowed in Christmas period in Ireland, County Wexford, in 1957, featuring 35 year old Protestant Dublin Inspector St John Strafford sent to the s...

  • Thomas

    4 stars for an entertaining read about a murder mystery in rural Ireland in the 1950s. This mystery is as much about attitudes in Irish society as it is a murder mystery. A respected Catholic parish p...

  • Peter

    ShroudA deeply attentive plot that is clever and watchful through the characters that are so wonderfully drawn. There are many subtle nuances that enable John Banville to play with scenarios that are ...

  • Beata

    The story starts as one of the most famous detective story and with a wink from Mr Banville who creates his very own story with the snow and cold in the foreground. Detective Inspector St John Straffo...

  • Ceecee

    The winter of 1957 is a harsh one especially around Christmas time which makes for a chillingly atmospheric setting for the murder of a priest. DI St John Strafford is summoned to Ballyglass House, th...

  • Phrynne

    I really enjoyed the first half of this book. Of course Banville writes beautifully and really knows his Irish home and its history. Detective Strafford is an interesting and sympathetic main characte...

  • Jennifer

    3.5. The journey was so much fun, the destination cliche with a gooseberry on top, meaning a twist that felt too deliberate and didn’t make much of a difference in the end. Banville is a good writer...

  • Bianca

    While I had so many other books to catch up with, I couldn't stop myself from requesting this latest novel from John Banville, although it's a police procedural/thriller.Snow will probably disappoint ...

  • Diane S ?

    3.5 Banville is another versatile author who writes in many different genres. In Snow, the atmosphere is front and center. It is cold, the ground covered in the white stuff which often hinders the inv...

  • Barbara

    John Banville’s new novel, “Snow” has received varying critiques. Some found the story flat and not up to Banville’s standards. I chose to listen to the audible production of the story, narrat...